Cal Set To Battle Stanford

March 6, 2007


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The California men's tennis team hosts Stanford this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Center. The Golden Bears competed last weekend in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. This is Cal's last home match until a showdown against USC on April 13. Following Saturday's match against the Cardinal, the Bears head to Pebble Beach for two matches next weekend against Southern Methodist and San Francisco.

Stanford currently posts a record of 3-6. The Cardinal lost their first six matches to start the dual season. They competed in the ITA Team Indoor Championships, losing two out of three. The lone win in the tournament against Miami was Stanford's first victory of the spring, a 4-3 win on Feb. 18. After defeating the Hurricanes, Stanford defeated Arizona and Arizona State on The Farm. Before heading to Berkeley, the Cardinal square off against Florida State on Wednesday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Last weekend in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, the team of David Hodge and Blake Muller advanced to the championship match before losing to Achim Ceban and Benedikt Stronk, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (6), 6-2. The duo won five matches over the course of the weekend before losing in the final.

Last weekend, Cal played in the 118th Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. The Bears had four doubles teams compete on Friday and Saturday. Seniors Tyler Browne and John Pettit went 2-1 in the tournament. They shut out Charlie Farmer and Alex Leeser, 6-0, 6-0. Later in the day on Friday, Browne and Pettit knocked off Steve Adamson and Simon Shen, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Their streak ended Saturday morning when they lost to Jacob Cech and Mirko Zapletal, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Browne and Pettit lasted longer than the other three Cal duos, as they each went 1-1. Geoff Chizever and Kallim Stewart made up one of the three teams, while Vaclav Burger and Ken Nakahara paired up and Nicolai Horgen and Carsten Thorstensen formed the third tandem. Although these matches don't count towards the ITA rankings, according to Cal head coach Peter Wright, the Bears were working on their doubles skills in this tournament.

Two weeks ago, the Bears defeated Arizona, 6-1, and Arizona State, 5-0, in Berkeley. In the first match against the Wildcats, Cal won five of the six singles matches and swept the three doubles matches. In singles, Browne notched the first singles victory, beating Bruno Alcala, 6-2, 6-2. Pierre Mouillon, currently ranked 23rd in the ITA singles rankings, followed Browne with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Claudio Christen. Nakahara clinched the victory for the Bears when he knocked off Jason Labrosse, 6-4, 6-0. Browne and John Pettit clinched the doubles point for the Bears with an 8-4 win over Christen and Alcala. The next day against the Sun Devils, Cal dominated ASU. Mouillon clinched the win for Cal when he beat Matt Brooklyn on the No. 1 court, 6-0, 6-2. Browne got the ball rolling with the first win of the day, a straight-set victory over Juan Rebaza, 6-3, 6-0. Nakahara and Eoin Heavey contributed to Cal's decisive victory, as they each turned in straight-set victories. Heavey beat Wes Miller, 6-3, 6-2, while Nakahara got the best of Murilo Souza, 6-2, 6-1.

After missing most of the fall campaign due to injury, Tyler Browne has had a strong spring season thus far. Browne has played a big role in the Bears' current three-match winning streak. His 7-3 singles record is tied for the team best, and Browne is also on a five-match winning streak. His last three singles matches were decisive, straight-set victories. In doubles, him and John Pettit have the best record on the team (4-3), playing on the No. 1 court.

In three tournaments during the fall campaign, the highlight for Cal was the performance of junior Pierre Mouillon. His 12 singles wins were the most for the Bears. He also advanced the furthest for Cal in the ITA Northwest Regional, (semifinals), and was the only Bear to advance past the first round in the All-American Championships qualifying bracket. Prior to the four wins he picked up in the regional and the six in the championships, Mouillon, a transfer from Mississippi State, also won two of his three matches in the Napa Valley Tennis Classic in September. One of Mouillon's losses this fall was to the No. 1 seed and defending champion in the All-American Championships.

After a slow start to the fall season, Daniel Sebescen and Pierre Mouillon racked up five wins in the ITA Northwest Regional to win the doubles tournament. Their title run culminated with an 8-3 victory over host-Stanford's Blake Muller and Paul Morrissey. The closest match of the weekend for the Bears was their first-round contest with Gabriel Loredo and Hague Van Dillen of Sacramento State. The Hornets fell to the Cal duo, 8-6. Following the opening-round victory, Sebescen and Mouillon then defeated Kevin McQuaid and Blane Shield of Santa Clara, 8-3, in the round of 16. They followed that win with a pair of 8-5 victories over Michael Ricks and Patrick Fischer of Washington and Cal Poly's Matt Raca and Kyle Roybal to send them into the finals.

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